A Man Called Ove

Backman, Fredrik

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
A Man Called Ove
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2014
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476738017
Branch Call Number: FICTION BACKM...F
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm
Notes: Translated from the Swedish
Translation of: Man som heter Ove
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton"--Title page verso


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Mar 23, 2015

A truly charming story and character study. It made me laugh, as well as, cry. I'm recommending this book to all of my friends.

Mar 15, 2015

A jolly good reflective read.
If you are young, a perspective
If you are old an understanding reflection

Mar 10, 2015

I thought this was an extremely good book and funny as well. The ending reminded me of the ending in the book "Art of Racing in the Rain", another good book

Dec 09, 2014
  • karhorn61 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A grieving curmudgeon's best-laid plans are consistently, if accidentally, thwarted by his exhuberant new neighbors...and a cat.
I love, love, loved this book! Although Stephen King says, "It's the tale, not he who tells it," I heartily disagree. Although this "tale" has plenty of stand-alone merit, it is Backman's droll wit and unique style that propel it into the "outstanding" category. Can't wait for the next by this author!
"Ove glances at (the cat) as it rolls onto its side and starts snoring. He has to concede that the Cat Annoyance has a very direct approach to problem solving."
"...following this up with a series of terms that no human being with less than ten years of medical training or an entirely unhealthy addiction to certain television series could ever be expected to understand. When Parvaneh gives him a look studded with a long line of question marks and exclamation marks, the doctor sighs again in that way young doctors with glasses and plastic slippers and a stick up their a** often do when confronted by people who do not even have the common bloody decency to attend medical school before they come to the hospital."

Nov 26, 2014
  • rockylynn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Read this book within four days. Once you get to know Ove you will not be able to put the book down. I like how the chapters are laid out with each story line entwined as you get deeper into the book. Great read, you won't be disappointed. Five stars!

Nov 23, 2014
  • trudiem1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a fun read. I really enjoyed reading about the transformation of the grumpy old man with zero social skills to a loveable character.


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